SPORTS JULY 20, 2016

Written by John Kuhens on July 19, 2016


The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union had to postpone all of the Tuesday State Softball Tournament action that was scheduled because of rain.  Fairfield will play their 1st round game tonight at 5:30 p.m. against Creston, the Trojans were to play last night.

New London fell in the 1st round of the State Softball Tournament in Ft. Dodge to Newell Fonda 2-1 on Monday, now the Tigers move to the consolation round and play 2 games today to see if they can finish as high as 5th place.  New London will play West Harrison at 10 a.m. today, their next game will be at 2 p.m. playing for 5th if they win in the morning or 7th if they fall in the day’s opener.

West Harrison has a record of 18-13, they hale from Harrison County and play in the Rolling Valley Conference.  They finished 5th in their conference this season with an 11-6 record.  This is their 1st ever appearance in the State Tournament, matter of fact it’s the 1st team that the school district has ever qualified for state team competition. KILJ-FM 105.5 and will carry both the New London games live today.

The Iowa High School Athletic Association had to postpone a number of area baseball substate championship games because of rain last night.  Tonight at 7 pm Highland will battle North Linn in a Class 1A game at Wilton.  Van Buren-Harmony in Class 2A will tangle with Iowa City Regina at 7 pm at Washington.  Tonight’s winners advance onto the State Tournament at Principal Park in Des Moines.  The Class 1A field will begin play Friday and Saturday night.

Mount Pleasant Christian School, Junior, Luke Van Nyhuis, participated for his first time at the 2016 Iowa Games in Ames, Iowa, on Sunday, July 17.  Luke succeeded in all three of his bench press lifts, qualifying at 225#, then 240# & finishing with a lift of 250#, his personal record.  As a result he received two gold medals. One for the 165# Open division & the other for the 165#, 16-19 year old, Teen 2 Division.  Luke Van Nyhuis plays football for the Mt. Pleasant Panthers & basketball for the MP Christian School Knights.

Cedar Falls will host the 44th annual Iowa Shrine Bowl All-Star Football Classic on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. at the UNI-DOME on the University of Northern Iowa campus. The game will showcase 92 talented high school football players and 60 cheer squad members from around the state.  Southeast Iowa is going to be well represented on the South Shrine team.  The game that raises money for Shriners Hospitals is expected to be another hard fought exciting game.  From Mt. Pleasant High School Keegan Pullis will play in the defensive line, Jackson Gerot of Waco will see action at tight end, Sam Jennings of Winfield Mt. Union will be playing linebacker and possibly doing some punting for the South All Stars.  Tickets for the game will be available at the gate.

Despite a lack of recent success Paul Patton sees a lot of potential in the women’s soccer program at Iowa Wesleyan. Patton takes the helm after serving as head coach of St. Catharine College in Kentucky and inherits a program that has not posted a victory since 2013.  Patton says his first goal is to provide stability. He will be the fourth different coach for the Tigers in four years.  While recruiting talented players is a goal it is also important to find players who are the right fit and will stay in the program.  The Wesleyan women’s soccer team was 0-15-1 last year.

The Holy Trinity Catholic Athletic Board Golf Outing is coming up July 22nd at the Sheaffer Memorial Golf Course rural Ft. Madison.  This is a 4 person best shot, with a 1 p.m. shotgun start.  Cost is $75 per golfer or $300 for a team of four. Entry covers green fees, cart, beverages, & dinner after golf.  Many cash raffles will be held.  Contact Loren Menke at 319-759-3022 or go to  Proceeds of the tournament benefit Holy Trinity Athletics.